For whatever reason I'm having trouble getting back into the swing of posting. Apologies for the delay between posts. I also hope that I am not boring you to tears with my trip. I'll get back to house stuff soon.
After I left Rovaniemi, Finland, I headed south by train to Kuopio. I really wanted to head as far East as I could and get close to the Russian border, but I discovered train service to that area was wanting. Instead, I opened my guidebook and randomly chose a city. It was raining when I arrived and I hauled myself and my luggage across town to the hotel. It was late and I was crabby so, I went to bed.
I visited Finland in off-season. I was a little surprised at the extent that this affected my trip. Things were randomly closed...either for the season....or for some unexplained reason (the sign on the door insisted it was open). I laughed a little when I got to the main square and it was covered in scaffolding. At first I thought the market building was closed, but finally figured out you could get to it via a boardwalk under the scaffolding. I chatted with a local and she told me that they were building an underground parking area and a new Ikea (I think I got that right).
I also discovered many of a museums were closed. But, I did manage to locate the Old Kuopio Museum which kept me busy for the better part of a day. By now I knew that any museum that mentioned "wooden houses" had to be at the top of my agenda. This one was a city block with all of the buildings facing in to a center courtyard. I was interested in it from two aspects: 1) I was interested in knowing what kind of life my great-grandparents lives in the late 1800's; and 2) I was interested in seeing a house from the 1930's which was roughly a contemporary to StuccoHouse.
I took a lot of photos in this town, so I'm going to break them down into two posts.
|This was the center walkway that ran from the Cathedral on a hill down to the the massive lake.Finns as it turns out, know flowers.|
|The wall of the Cathedral built in 1815. I took this photo to ask my dad what those iron things were in the wall. Repairs.|
|Here is the construction taking place under the main market square. It was interesting to see what was under the very old city.|
|I lived off of these. Wish I had one now.|
|Another photo primarily for my dad the structural engineer. This is the inside of the marketplace building.|
|The Catholic in me was a little shocked at how stark these Lutheran churches were.|
|Old wooden house|
|Swoon. Also note the color. Not so far off from the color of StuccoHouse.|
|Here is a kitchen decorated in standard 18th century form.|
|I love this wall display and may actually do this in my own kitchen. I have a collection of vintage kitchen tools.|
|Note the crocheted lace around the shelves. Another idea I may steal.|
|More of that same house.|
|I was fascinated by this bed. It slid out to full length. During the day it was pushed together and stored against a wall.|
|Very cool heaters in these houses.|
|Loved the stencils|
|Here is the little central courtyard.|
|This gray that appeared everywhere is very similar to that of StuccoHouse's trim. Who knew?|
|I believe I need one of these in my back yard.|
|Just an odd little thing that caught my eye.|